Now that my device is fully paid off (or will be in the next few days when TD Bank collects the last payment), I'm ready to root. But first, I want to OTA update my firmware.
My device shipped with XAR US firmware, but about a month ago I manually flashed T970XXU2BUI1 (EUX September update) with Odin. However, after searching Google I've found that there is a T970XXU2BUJ3 October update. When I search for updates on the tab, it says I'm already at latest version.
Is there any way to force this update to download/install without using Odin? I'm thinking that the reason my tab can't "find" it is because I'm in the US, and EUX is Euro firmware. I'll try connecting to a Euro VPN server first to see if it makes a difference, I'd just rather not use a PC to update (even though it will be necessary for bootloader unlocking).
Well, theoretically the firmware region doesn't matter too much. As long as the firmware is compatible for the specific device model, it should work. Odin/Heimdall won't allow you to flash another model's firmware on a different model, it will just reject it without doing anything.Does the region matter I thought as long as the model number matches your good to go ?
I'm pretty sure this below 12 KOO build should work on the US SM-T970 Tab S7+ am i wrong ?
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Android tablet. Announced Aug 2020. Features 12.4″ Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865+ chipset, 10090 mAh battery, 256 GB storage, 8 GB RAM.galaxyfirmware.com
Thanks for the thorough explanation. From past experiences it shouldn't be to long till the XAR pops up.Well, theoretically the firmware region doesn't matter too much. As long as the firmware is compatible for the specific device model, it should work. Odin/Heimdall won't allow you to flash another model's firmware on a different model, it will just reject it without doing anything.
However, Samsung still releases different firmware region variants for the same model, and these firmwares are more optimum for a specific region than others. And then there is multi-CSC firmware, which supports more than one region.
Also, specific firmware releases like the Chinese variants, may not have Google apps built in (don't know, I've never flashed one to find out, but I know this is the case with many other manufacturers).
Then there is the matter of which language(s) the firmware supports. I could jump the gun and flash the Korean firmware right now, but I won't, I suspect it might not have US English as a supported language. I'm just going to wait on either EUX or XAR, I know those support the language I need.
In my experience with other Samsung devices, not all firmwares are multi-CSC. Some are, others aren't. But they did usually support more than one language, but not necessarily all languages.
So far they've only released Android 12 for Korea. I'm not willing to try that particular firmware, but maybe someone else will test and post.
Oh, my bad. I checked samfw earlier and saw it (t875) getting released for a bunch of countries and thought that they are out globally already. Seems like it's not and the firmware for my specific country is not there either.
Weird, since the firmware site I usually use (galaxyfirmware.com) only lists the Korean update. Are you sure it's for 12, not 11?
Knox is 100% tripped. Samsung Pass cannot use. Netflix widevine, Dex and Spen are not affected.The various mileage from people rooting in this forum offers super conflicting information, especially conflicting with the OP.
Can somebody who knows what they're doing, please make an actual guide that is longer than 5 short lines of general info, with links to files and explaining why he picked what thing to do / downmload, and then also please explain:
- what do you loose by rooting? knox? netflix widevine L1? dex? pen? bootloader unlocked (how)? anything else asked on here and here?
- how do you update after rooting? (without re-flashing everything every time)
There's another quick guide in this thread, but no replies and no explanation for why he did what, so again not an actual guide that inspires confidence.
I know this is a question that might be better suited for its own thread but I kinda think its a quick answer for you guys.
What do you gain from root on this specific device? I haven't had to root a device in a few years since Android has gotten pretty dammed good for my use case, but what's there to be had from rooting a tablet?
I'm looking forward to my Tab S7+ but if I can make it better with root then I'd love to do it.